Lightly cured salmon from Scandinavia, gravlax are easy to make at home yet never fail to impress guests. Stunning as an hors d'oeuvre for parties, especially special occasions such as New Year's Eve. Takes three days to prepare, so plan ahead!
Homemade cured salmon (lox) is easy to make, and is about half the cost of store-bought lox. Homemade lox is also free from nitrite preservatives. This recipe uses smoked salt to approximate the flavor of smoked lox.
Salmon is brined with sugar, salt, and spices; coated with honey and peppercorns; and smoked over apple wood. A great smoking gateway recipe: no special supplies other than wood chips, no special equipment, and only an hour or so on the grill.
Curing salmon couldn't be easier! I used wild sockeye salmon, salt, sugar, dill, black pepper and grapefruit infused gin. The gin can be replace with vodka or aquavit, or omitted, but it does add a citrusy, piney depth to the fish flavor.